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Gay marriage supporters react to decision not to recognize same-sex marriages in Indiana

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 A disappointing blow for supporters of same-sex marriage in Indiana.

Governor Mike Pence announced the state will not recognize the marriages granted when a U.S. district court judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban. Gay couples rushed to get married when the ban was briefly lifted for two days at the end of June.

Linda and Mary Ponterio were married by Deputy Mayor Mark Neal on June 27th, just minutes before a stay was issued on same-sex marriages in Indiana. "It surprised me how much it meant to me to have our relationship legally recognized in our home state," says Linda Ponterio.

On Wednesday, in a memo from the Governor's General Counsel Mark Ahearn, he instructed:

"...stop any processes they had commenced in complying with the District Court order of June 25."  and  "Executive branch agencies are to execute their functions as though the U.S. District Court Order of June 25, 2014 had not been issued."

It's ridiculous. It's awful. It's maddening. It just doesn't have to be. We don't have to tell thousands of Hoosiers that they don't matter. That they are less than equal," says Ponterio.

Ponterio and other same-sex marriage supporters in Michiana, like Michael Lane say while they're disappointed, they still have hope the marriages will be recognized again. "This isn't bringing down the mood because the momentum is there. This is going to happen and be legal again soon, so I think that people have a very positive attitude that this is going to come out right in the end," says Lane.

In the meantime, Ponterio says she'll continue to fight for marriage equality. "Our voices do matter. Our voices still matter and we have an obligation to eachother to speak up on behalf of eachother," she says.

There is one gay marriage that is still being recognized. Amy Sandler and Nikole Quasney's marriage from Massachusetts is still recognized on an emergency basis pending further order of the court, because Quasney has a terminal illness.

Governor Pence says his counsel has advised that during the appeal, Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage is intact and he has to uphold current law.
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